Julie Malnig is a cultural historian of theatre and dance performance. Her areas of interest include social and popular dance; the history of popular entertainments; performance art; feminist performance and criticism; and performance writing. Among her courses at Gallatin are “Writing about Performance; Gender and Performance;” the Proseminar “Text and Performance;” and the Master’s Thesis Seminar “Visual and Performing Arts.” She is the author of Dancing Till Dawn: A Century of Exhibition Ballroom Dance (NYU Press, 1995) and the editor of Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader (University of Illinois Press, 2009). Several of her publications which examine dance in the early 20th century, have focused on social dance and class; media, advertising, and early dance publications; and the intersections of early feminism, the female body, and dance. She is currently preparing a manuscript on dance and youth culture of the 1950s. Her recent essays include “All Is Not Right in the House of Atreus: Feminist Theatrical Renderings of The Oresteia” in the collection Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works (McFarland, 2008) and “Exotica and Ethereality, The Solo Art of Maud Allan” to On Stage Alone: Soloists and the Modern Dance Canon, eds. Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy, (University Press of Florida, 2014). From 1999 to 2003, Professor Malnig served as editor of Dance Research Journal, an international scholarly publication in dance studies published by the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), and she also served as the editorial board chair of CORD from 2003 to 2006. She is currently chair of the Gallatin Interdisciplinary Arts Program. She was awarded the 2010 Gallatin School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Teaching and Research Interests
performance studies, dance and theatre history, theory, and criticism; social dance; early 20th-century American culture and the arts; feminist performance and criticism; performance art; critical writing
B.A. English, Douglass College, Rutgers University, Minor: Theatre Arts, 1977 M.A. Educational Theatre, New York University, 1980 Ph.D. Performance Studies, New York University, 1987
Professor Malnig was invited to give a presentation at the 2014 Temple University Dance Department Dance Colloquia Series, "Rock, Rebellion, and Race: Teen Social Dance of the 1950s and 1960s," held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In April 2015, she led graduate seminar on race and social dance of the 1950s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Professor Malnig presented the paper, "The Revolution Was Televised: Teen Dance Programs of the 1950s and Early 1960s," at the November 2014 joint conference of The Society of Dance History Scholars and The Congress on Research in Dance, at The University of Iowa, Iowa City, entitled "Writing Dancing/Dancing Writing." She moderated a roundtable discussion, "Sourcing Popular Dance: Danced Archives from the Cancan to Ragtime," at the same conference.
Professor Malnig, along with Professor Leslie Satin, moderated a discussion with Yvonne Rainer for the Distinguished Faculty Lecture series at Gallatin, October 2014. She presented her paper “New Directions in Research and Teaching,” to the NYU Department of History’s Graduate Teaching Collaborative in April 2014. She will publish her essay “‘Just Kids: Youth, Community, and Race in Televised Teen Dance Programs of the 1950s,” in Dance in American Culture (University Press of Florida).